Anthony Hopkins shared a heartfelt tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman after his unexpected Oscar win.
On Sunday April 25, the 83-year-old won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The father on Bosemen, who was nominated for his lead role in Ma Rainey’s black background.
“I did not expect to receive this award. I really didn’t, ”Hopkins admitted in a personal Instagram video. “Very grateful to the Academy and thank you. I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too soon.
Many fans were unimpressed with the homage to Hopkins, saying the late actor was snubbed for winning an Oscar.
“They rushed to film this Anthony Hopkins acceptance speech after Chadwick Boseman was snubbed in the category,” one Twitter user said. “Many were hoping that Chad would win a posthumous award for his last performances. He was also not recognized for Da Five Bloods. Historically, blacks have lost in the majors. “
Others appreciated Hopkins’ seemingly genuine greeting and interpreted the video as his way of passing it on to Boseman.
“He literally doesn’t want to take the price. He knows it’s Chadwick. He bluntly said ‘f – k you, Academy Awards’ in the most elegant and passive way possible, ”wrote another Twitter user.
Boseman’s brother Derrick Boseman said TMZ that their family is not upset by the Oscars result, adding that each nominated actor was “excellent and deserved the award.”
Derrick also said TMZ the family wish Hopkins and his family all the best because, “I” am sure [Anthony] would if Chad won. “
With his victory, Hopkins made history as the oldest actor, male or female, to win an Oscar. He also won the award for best actor in 1992 for his role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Thesilenceofthelambs.
Oscars 2021 red carpet: best and worst fashion
Check out the best and worst fashion looks from the 2021 Oscars below.